SPRINGFIELD – Under legislation sponsored by State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville), hospitals like Galesburg Cottage Hospital would be able to continue to provide the highest quality emergency room trauma care.
Senate Bill 625, which passed unopposed with bipartisan support, would allow hospitals to continue providing emergency room care under new Illinois Department of Public Health certification requirements. The measure creates a new level III trauma center designation and acute injury stabilization category of hospitals.
"This legislation addresses an issue that was brought to me by Cottage Hospital, where qualified emergency room doctors have been providing quality care to the community," Sullivan said. "I want to ensure that rural and underserved areas of the state have every opportunity possible for the highest quality of emergency medical services."
Senate Bill 625 was co-sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) and is being carried by State Representative Don Moffit (R-Galesburg) in the House, where SB 625 now goes for a vote.